As a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, our projects are for artistic and community purposes. We make social and performance art that consists of various public activities, organised for particular places and communities, and also hosted online such as this and other project websites. These activities may include some events and things not listed here. We collect feedback about our activities and events through written forms, emails and Survey Monkey software. Blind Ditch only store personal data given directly to us by the people who participate in our projects. We only use it for the purposes of keeping them informed about those projects and our activities. It is treated confidentially. We don’t sell your data or give it away to anyone else. If we have your personal information you will have been asked to complete a consent form, and where at all possible verbally consulted or visually informed about any photographs or other documentation we are collecting at an event. We keep any consent forms securely on paper copies and online cloud storage and use it for the purposes of the project you are involved in, and any other things specified on the form. If any of our project partners have your data, it will be because you have agreed for them to keep it as part of our consent process. Our project partners have their own data protection and storage procedures. If you think any data we have about you is incorrect (such as your email address), please let us know.
This website and online processes
Like many small organisations we use readily available free software to help us organise and market ourselves. Online data processes are increasingly complex and commercial. These softwares gather data about all of us, in many different ways as we interact with online environments. You can read about it in their small print, but it might be quite difficult to understand. The conditions of how those companies store and share our data is constantly changing, and we can’t predict how it will be used. But we can tell you the software we use and how. The analytics on this WordPress Site are very basic – we use the WordPress tracking plugin called Jetpack which tells us visitor numbers and daily statistics on which pages you look at so we can keep track of what people find interesting about us.
Like millions of other websites we are currently also using Google Analytics software to track where visits are made from and how visitors arrived at this website. Google Analytics is a piece of software that grabs data about our visitors (you). It’s something like an advanced server log.
Google Analytics records
- What website you came from to get here.
- How long you stay for.
- What kind of computer you’re using.
- And quite a bit more.
The tracking information allows us to better understand the kind of people who come to our site and what content they’re reading. This allows us to make better decisions about design and writing. Occasionally, we will compile aggregate statistics about the number of visitors this site receives and browsers being used and use them for grant applications and reporting. No personally identifying data is included in this type of reporting. Our activity falls within the bounds of the Google Analytics Terms of Service.
Want to opt out? You can opt out of Google’s advertising tracking cookie or use a browser plugin to opt out of all Google Analytics tracking software.
Our mailing list
We use Mailchimp to administer our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link on your mail out. Mailchimp stores your email and password details and any name you have given them. You find out more about Mailchimp here.
We use Twitter @BlindDitch and Facebook. We only put images and texts that you have specifically agreed we can use for marketing purposes on these platforms if you are directly in shot. But other people take images of our work and share them. We might re-share these images. These social media feeds are embedded in our site, so they connect with the Google Analytics data gathering in some way – but that’s difficult to find out exactly how.
Links within blindditch.org website may lead to other sites. These are provided for convenience only. We do not sponsor, endorse or otherwise approve of any information or statements appearing in those sites. Blind Ditch is not responsible for the availability of, or the content located on or through, any such external site.
While every effort and care is taken in preparing the content of the blindditch.org site, Blind Ditch disclaims all warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy, quality, morality, legality, completeness or truthfulness of the information in any of the content. It also (to the extent permitted by law) shall not be liable for any losses or damages arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information on our website. It is also not liable for any losses or damages arising from the use of, or reliance on sites linked to this website, or the internet generally.
Statements, views or opinions expressed in articles, comments or other contributions on the website are those of the content providers and/or users of the website and do not necessarily represent those of Blind Ditch.
Notice and take down policy
If the administrators of the Blind Ditch website are notified of a potential breach of copyright, or receive a complaint indicating a violation of any law on, including but not limited to, intellectual property rights, data protection, confidentiality, obscenity, defamation or libel, the item involved will be removed from the website as quickly as possible pending further investigation.
Where the grounds for complaint are considered plausible, a decision will need to be made as to whether the material involved may be made available again on the website, which may take some time if it is necessary for Blind Ditch to seek legal advice to resolve the complaint.
If you are a rights owner and are concerned that you have found material, for which you are the rights owner, on our website and you have not given permission, please contact us in writing stating the following:
- Your contact details.
- The full bibliographic details of the material.
- The website address where you found the material.
- A statement that, under penalty of perjury, you are the rights owner or are authorised to act for the rights owner.
Please send to:
Blind Ditch c/o Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The ‘Notice and Takedown’ procedure is then invoked as follows:
- Blind Ditch will acknowledge receipt of your complaint by email or letter and will make an initial assessment of the validity and plausibility of the complaint.
- The material will be temporarily removed from Blind Ditch.org website pending an agreed solution
- Blind Ditch will contact the contributor who deposited the material. The contributor will be notified that the material is subject to a complaint, under what allegations, and will be encouraged to assuage the complaints concerned.
- The complainant and the contributor will be encouraged to resolve the issue swiftly and amicably and to the satisfaction of both parties, with the following possible outcomes:
- The material is replaced on the blindditch.org website unchanged.
- The material is replaced on the blindditch.org website with changes.
- The material is permanently removed from the website.
- If the contributor and the complainant are unable to agree a solution, the material will remain unavailable through the blindditch.org website until a time when a resolution has been reached.
NB blindditch.org is staffed weekly, but intermittently, excluding UK national holidays. Please do not expect an immediate reply to your email. We will reply as soon as we can.